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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 21, 2007 2:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Okay, seriously

A great jam band is one where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In the best jam bands, though, those parts are pretty damn good. That's why I like certain types of jazz. Take the great Coltrane quartets/quintets: each musician was a master musician: McCoy Tyner is one of the most gifted and original pianists ever to grace this planet. Jimmy Garrison and Reggie Workman are steller bassists. Elvin Jones--whew!
Starting with a theme--say My Favorite Things--Trane would fly on the backs of the other three, solo into new spaces, and then give each other musician his due--especially McCoy.

The musicians of the 70s--the "avant guard" players from the Chicago/St. Louis schools (the A.A.C.M. and B.A.G.) were so full of improvisational glory that you'd wonder if they knew any songs. But when they did play standards or their own thematic compositions--look out!

Music should challenge the mind and the soul. It should spark the electricity that runs the brain and make your soul want to dance.

You can take four or five great musicians and put them in the same room, but if they cannot see into one another--no dice. Practice, rehearsal--it doesn't matter if they don't connect. Going back to Fall of 1971, what luck to find Keith--or be found by him. They could have stuck Howard Wales or Ned Lagin or someone else in the keyboard chair--but it wouldn't have been as great as Keith. That man was destined to be a member of the G.D.

Some bands that lose a seminal member never recover--or turn into something else (e.g. Pink Floyd or Fleetwood Mac). Some are lucky--like the Allman Brothers. Lighting in a bottle--that's what it takes, and that is a rare thing, indeedee.

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Poster: JamminJerome Date: Jul 21, 2007 3:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Okay, seriously

what he said

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Poster: nagdot Date: Jul 21, 2007 4:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Okay, seriously

the peter green yrs of fleetwood mac certainly did jam. 20 to 30 min rattlesnake shake 15 min green manalishi mmmm mmm good stuff.supertramp had some good jammin tunes .early j geils band was blues jammin

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 21, 2007 7:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Okay, seriously

Agreed on Green F Mac.

Great call.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jul 21, 2007 2:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Okay, seriously

Yes - I'm thinking I might have to go see Allman Bros and Ratdog at Jones Beach in Aug.